Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2627 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.
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1a China as location of storm that’s not serious (6)
This item made from china porcelain is the location of the type of storm that is not very serious – often the required capitalisation of the first word in a clue is used to conceal a proper noun; here it is the opposite, it’s there to make you think that it is China as a country!
11a Part of political policy tried after ten failed schemes? (5)
This part of political policy could be the eleventh scheme, after schemes A, B, C, ….J have failed
28a Blow for person taking advantage of sunshine (8)
A wild swinging blow could describe someone who is taking advantage while the sun shines
29a Namely, keeping in learner working least (6)
Take the full Latin expression for “namely” or “that is” and insert L(earner) to get an adjective meaning working least
1d Part of experimental set-up showing match on TV (4,4)
An instrument much used in the chemistry laboratory is a charade of an international cricket or rugby match and a slang word for the TV
5d E.g. ten to four on watch for counterpart (8,6)
A description of the relationship that ten has to four on a watch gives one’s counterpart in another organization
7d Follower of ruler seen in Asian garments time after time (7)
This follower of one of the former rulers of Russia is created by putting some garments worn by Asian women and T(ime) all after T(ime)
9d Mall that provides double parking? (8,6)
The second word of this mall describes the location of the double P(arking) in the first word – my joint “clue of the day”
17d Minimal alms redistributed in case (8)
A word meaning minimal is derived from an anagram (redistributed) of ALMS followed by a word meaning in case or for fear that
19d Policy analyst dealing with odds and ends? (7)
This insurance policy analyst deals with the chances (odds) of someone dying (ends) – my other joint “clue of the day”
24d Share, say, a tea? Oh, you queue up (5)
This share is created phonetically (say) from a, tea, oh, you and queue all reversed (up in a down clue)
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